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SWOS Horizon 2020 Project

The SWOS (Satellite-based Wetland Observation Service) Horizon 2020 Project was successfully proposed by ZFL together with an international project consortium in a two stage call for proposals. The objective of SWOS is to develop an innovative, satellite-based information service for wetlands with a web-based portal interface, that allows for example a global inventory and mapping of wetlands based on standardized methods and the development and use of ecological indicators to assess the wetland condition and ecosystem services. The funding for the complete project granted by the European Commission totals to about 5 Mio Euro and the duration of the project is 36 months starting from 1st of June 2015.

Further information can be found here or please contact  Adrian Strauch.



Latest Publications

  • Ferner, J., Linstädter, A., Südekum, K.H., Schmidtlein, S., 2015. Spectral indicators of forage quality in West Africa’s tropical savannas. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 41, 99-106.
  • Machwitz, M., Gessner, U., Conrad, C., Falk, U., Richters, J. & S. Dech (2015): Modelling the Gross Primary Productivity of West Africa with the Regional Biomass Model RBM+, using optimized 250 m MODIS FPAR and fractional vegetation cover information, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, Available online 23 April 2015, ISSN 0303-2434,
  • Hentze, K. & G. Menz (2015): “Bring Back the Land”—A Call to Refocus on the Spatial Dimension of Zimbabwe’s Land Reform. Land; 4(2):355-377.
  • Amler, E., Schmidt, M. & G. Menz (2015): "Definitions and Mapping of East African Wetlands: A Review." Remote Sens. 7, no. 5: 5256-5282.


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Welcome to the Center for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL). We are an interdisciplinary center of the University of Bonn dedicated to research and teaching in the fields of remote sensing, geoinformation sciences and spatial modelling. Our objective is to strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration within the University of Bonn and to foster high quality research activities.

Researchers from the following institutions are currently involved:


Spokesmen: Klaus Greve



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